Monday, 7 September 2015

DVD Roundup: record breaking edition


If you'd of asked me six months ago whether a Fast and Furious film would take a special place in my heart, I would of laughed quite loudly in your face, having never really enjoyed, or even seen, the franchise. However, Fast and Furious 7 came out, we reviewed it, and it now brings back warm fuzzy memories. While dumb and over the top, its undeniably fun. Out of all the stupid action films out there, this is the one you'll enjoy the most, even if you're not really into action films. To date this is our most downloaded podcast, so thank you everyone that downloads our episodes, and you can listen to it here.



Is it possible to ironically like an ironically bad film? Do two ironic's cancel each other out? If that's the case, does the film just become bad, and do you go into a shame spiral for wasting time liking something ironically? Either way, Syfy, the purveyors of, er, moster-animal-exploitation, have mashed together Lake Placid and Anaconda to to make the imaginatively titled Lake Placid vs Anaconda. I mean, do you really want to watch this film? Just look at that cover art! Photoshop where made for better things than this. What's with the shadows??


Now that Jon Stewart has left the Daily Show, we can look forward to him moving into the movie world. Written and directed by Stewart, Rosewater is based on the the interrogation and torture of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. I was a huge fan on Stewart on the Daily Show, so it should be interesting to see how his talents transfer to the big screen.


Where Richard Linklater's Boyhood (her and his review) was an impressive feat in film making, it still felt meandering and indulgent. However, we've now got an alternate perspective on childhood with Céline Sciamma's Bande de Filles (Girlhood), where Karidja Touré's Marieme joins a gang in the Parisian projects. With a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is another film added to my must-see list.


Talking about how bad the cover art for Lake Placid vs Anaconda is, just look at the cover art for Society. Incredible! I want to buy it based purely on the DVD art. The debut directorial feature of Re-Animator producer, Brian Yuzna's 1989 body horror Society features some pretty disturbing imagery, as the son of a Beverly Hills family discovers the disturbing cult that his parents indulge in. They don't make films like this anymore.

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